Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
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Dive! Dive! Dive!

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
Andy & Sue
Three days with time spent beneath the waves gave an insight into local marine life. Two dives on a reef local to our anchorage, one dive at Mabul, two at Kapalai and three plunges at Sipadan gave a reasonable spectrum of what can be found in Sabah, Malaysia’s eastern most Province. This shoal of Big-Eye Snappers was happy to come close to slow moving divers.

19 August 2017
Interesting colourful smaller creatures positively glow: this one a Nudibranch, a sort of slug-like animal, is but a single example of many different types seen at Mabul. The fronds on its back are gills. There are artificial structures at Mabul, which certainly attract a wide variety of creatures. The “dive resort” complex is a stilt village built on the reef at the site of a former fishing village. We are not fans of these types of development; it would be far more ecologically sound to bring divers by boat from properly serviced centres on shore.

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A much bigger animal, a Crocodile Fish, shown here, blends into the background, camouflaged to seem like coral bedecked stones. It would be easy to swim straight past if you did not have your eye tuned in to spot these weird fish.

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An old favourite is the Clown fish. Several different species bathing luxuriously in the fronds of exotic Anemones abound. Sizes vary from tiny to around 100mm: a feisty fish that faces challengers fiercely, but is always ready to seek the relative safety of its stinging host.

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Larger still are these chaps, securely wedged into crevices to avoid the current sweeping them away. The bigger animals at Sipadan are mainly confined to Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Jacks lurking in the periphery of visibility and …

19 August 2017
… Sharks. Mainly Reef White Tips but it is excellent to see Sharks in these waters have not all been slaughtered to sacrifice their fins for the Chinese market. So far, in SE Asia, sharks seen have been very few. The elderly lone specimen seen three months ago in Tioman Island was the pride of the local dive shop; he was, however, a sorry comparison with those seen in previous years around the Pacific reefs and Islands. Sipadan showed signs of being a much more balanced eco-system, although smaller fishes were in fewer numbers than we expected. That might be due to the large numbers of sharks and other predators located at this oceanic pinnacle island.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Andy keeping out of the sun.
Giant Hibiscus
Gum tree bark
Gum tree bark
Rainbow Lorikeet looking for a nesting site.
Rainbow Lorikeek
Coming into Port Stepens
Sue sporting a new hair cut.
Sue admires the Jacaranda blossom
A Superb Fairy Wren
The clock tower Garfton.
A Jacaranda avenue Grafton
A Pair of Eastern Rosellas.
We did not know that Cattle Egrets grew on trees:-)
A traditional home built on stilts.
An Osprey on its nest with 2 young .
A Butcher bird.( Notethe hook on the end of it
An Aladdins cave of lovely old books, amongst this we found a useful book on poisonous snakes!
Ulmarra hotel
Ants on bread anyone?
A Wren
A Cicada shell( out of this world)
Eastern Yellow Robin
Denise plays clasical Guitar
A view of the bush from Denise and Richard
Breakfast with Denise and Richard , Ruth and Peter, we met them in New Caledonia s/y Even Keels
A Skink
Neil, Kathy s/y Attitude with Sue and Andy on the Sky walk Dorrigo National Park.
A close encounter with an Emu
Belligen village.
Beautifully handmade lamps.
An old department store in Bellingen
A dove with attitude!
An Australian  magpie singing for it
Standing on Mutton Bird island Cofts harbour
Mutton bird burrows( Sooty shearwater)
Cofts harbour marina
Snake!!!!! everything herewe are going to treat with a healthy respect.
Fishing boats in the harbour.... we will be looking for the prawn boats.
Spruce finally in the marina all clearance proceddings completed.Helo Australia.
Anthony takes away all the things we are allowed not to keep.
An old jeyy at Coffs Harbour
Sue making flat bread on passage in calmer times.
sorting through shells.
Strange cloud formations.
Our lovely Spruced up canaopy which kept us mostly dry!